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The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) says “Make Every Day European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) to #KeepAntibioticsWorking!

14 November 2018—Alarmingly, the growing resistance to many antibiotics is a public health threat has been steadily rising over recent decades. Many common infections are becoming increasingly difficult or sometimes impossible to treat, turning simple infections into life-threatening conditions.

The EIWH actively supports the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through communication, education and training. Each year, the EIWH calls on its Members and key stakeholders throughout Europe to participate in the European Antibiotic Awareness Day to more effectively combat AMR together.

The EIWH supports informational campaigns that educate Europeans about the precious resources that are antibiotics. Citizens, health professionals, hospitals, veterinarians and farmers all play pivotal roles in fighting AMR. Women play an especially vital part as health professionals, caregivers, patients, daughters, educators, mothers and friends. As caregivers, women are integral to promoting the prudent use of antibiotics in the family environment.

Clear and accessible information through sustained health literacy campaigns is key to ensuring that the general public is aware of the risks of the over-consumptions of antibiotics. We call on the European Commission and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to support civil society organisations to harness social media to make every day European Antibiotic Awareness Day all year round in order to #KeepAntibioticsWorking.

The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH)

Founded in 1996, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) is a non-governmental organisation that uses evidence-based arguments to advocate for an equitable, sex- and gender-sensitive approach in health policy, research, promotion, treatment and care. The Institute promotes biomedical and socio-economic research that addresses sex and gender-based differences to ensure access to quality treatment and care for women across their lifespan. The EIWH strives to reduce inequities by drawing policymaker’s attention to the obstacles that women in minority, migrant, refugee and socio-economic disadvantaged groups face. The Institute works to empower individuals to play an active part in their health management.

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